I've noticed a lot of discussion on this issue, and as a new user I feel I can shed some light as I have previously had difficulty when trying to decide whether a question I have, does in fact fit the sites scope.
Before a user joins programmers.se they are welcomed with what I feel is a fairly clear definition of the sites scope:
It is a well known fact ...
Oct. 20th, 2016 - This is done!
See: It's official! Programmers is now Software Engineering Stack Exchange
It took us a good while, but the Community Team has circled up and here's where we stand on your request to change Programmers.SE's name.
We agree that renaming this site is a good idea.
"Programmers" is an affinity group, whereas "Software ...
It is a valid request, but I see some problems here:
to find a name which really describes the sites scope better, and not just different or equally bad (or worse).
once the name is changed, there is probably no easy way back for the next few years. A site name change is something I do not expect the SE team to make every two weeks. So if the change does ...
No answer so far states the opinion defined in the question, so I am posting one
The site name matters.
It is the first, and sometimes only thing someone judges a SE site by, so I feel it should accurately represent what the site is about.
If a descriptive site name does not match its content, then the site is not at its full potential since they are ...
I write this both as a 20,000+ user and former elected moderator on Programmers, and as a community manager at Stack Exchange.
First and foremost: we will not be changing this site's name.
Why? Well, let's talk about that.
As others have brought up here, there is no evidence right now to support the claim that the site's name is leading to its problems. ...
It would be a good idea but if I remember correctly the primary reason against this happening is that this would significantly hurt SEO.
Search Engine Optimization
This however can be a PITA, but it is not the insurmountable challenge that the StackExchange folks make it seem.
How to Change Domain Names and not Lose SEO
Acquire new domain ...
In the How To Ask it says, "Is your question about software development?" That seems like a pretty good name.
The Tour, has a list of questions not to ask. New posters are not reading this list. Many items are straight-forward.
Don't ask about...
general workplace issues, career advice, job hunting, salary, or compensation -- The name Programmers ...
This isn't the first time the name of the site has been questioned. See here and here. Part of the confusion/problem comes from the origin of the site. Originally, it was supposed to be a home to those fun questions about programmers that were closed on Stack Overflow. However, that wasn't a good fit for the Stack Exchange site. So this site became focused ...
If we were going to execute a name change, how would we do it?
It's fairly clear that the domain would be the last think to go. And nobody really feels comfortable enough to just pull the trigger, albeit for valid reasons. So what can we do to test the waters?
I think the answer is to do it gradually. Once we agree (with some value of agree) on a name that ...
SoftwareEngineering.SE : hmm, probably we'd end up with more implementation questions, and get confused with some official Engineering qualification or certification stuff, and chances are we'd still get "fix my codez" questions anyway!
SoftwareDesign.SE : more likely to start getting a load of graphic design issues. And still, even if its pointed out to be ...
Go for a more abstract name that invites users to consult the FAQ.
One thing that seems to be established, both by the data and the experience of posters here is that there is considerable confusion about the scope of the site. The primary evidence is the high closure/deletion rate for new questions.
What is disputed is the root cause of this confusion. @...
I think it's OK not to worry about stuff like that. I mean,
just look at the Trilogy and their FAQ's
"Stack Overflow is for ...people who write code because they love it..." (FAQ)
Do they feel the need to rename site to "Coding Lovers" or rephrase FAQ to "...discussions about stack overflow"? I don't think so
"Super User is for computer enthusiasts and ...
To be explicitly clear, this post is coming exclusively from me as member of the Programmers community, not as a moderator.
I believe our name is the biggest reason for the extremely high number of bad/off-topic questions that get asked here, because users not familiar with our site think this is a Q&A site about programmers, not one about conceptual ...
we advertise as a Q&A site about programmers,
We do? I must have missed those ads.
What kinds of questions would one ask on "a Q&A site about programmers"?
What's a programmer's favorite letter? 01010010
How many programmers does it take to screw in a light bulb? None! It's hardware problem.
Seriously... I never got the impression that this was ...